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Vormittagsspuk - Ghosts Before Breakfast


Published 1927
Topics Hans Richter, Dada


Experimental film by German artist Hans Richter.


Producer Hans Richter
Audio/Visual sound (lost), b/w


Reviews

Reviewer: babe917 - - December 31, 2009
Subject: Interesting time capsule
i love watching films back then! film was new & the experimenting was cool & interesting! some people might not think this film is interesting, but you have 2 look at the time it was done & the technology back then. its like time travelling. they take you 2 a time thats WAY different then now! & thats cool :)
Reviewer: inselpeter - - December 27, 2009
Subject: Name
The film is called "forenoon spook" or "morning spook".
Reviewer: scatt - - July 30, 2009
Subject: I always have ghosts at my breakfest
A wonderful experimental film on the many forms of moving images . . . HIGHLY RECOMMEND
Reviewer: JambuWax - - June 24, 2008
Subject: Wild bowler hats
As creative with the (then) new film medium as anything I have watched from the post 2000s.
Reviewer: Eva Vikstrom - - October 5, 2007
Subject: Experimental Stop Motion Animation of the 1920s
What a joy to find this film by Hans Richter on this site, and in an excellent mpeg2 copy! Richter (1888-1976) was a painter and film-experimenter, born in Berlin, moved to Z├╝rich in 1916 and joined the Dada movement. In 1919 he started to experiment with film together with Viking Eggeling. Richter emigrated to USA 1940. His 8 films from the 1920s can be seen at YouTube and here: http://www.ubu.com/film/richter.html.

The ghosts in "Vormittagsspuk" are bewildering rather than scary. One morning a suburban house is invaded by four flying bowler hats - the ghosts - and a series of strange events are staged in playful stop motion. The sound is lost because the sound version - with music by Paul Hindemith - was confiscated by the Nazis as "Entartete Kunst" (Degenerate art).
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